ProDive Cairns picked us up around 6:30 am to head towards our boat. We met so many amazing people from all over the world! It took us about 2 hours to get to our first dive spot called Milln, Petaj. We had the most perfect days on the reef. It was sunny and the water was about 27 degrees celsius with clear 15-20 meters underwater visibility. It was crystal clear…
Our first dive in was a bit nerve wrecking but it helped to have my group of friends with me. Our maximum depth was only 10.3 meters and our dive lasted about 43 minutes. Not deep at all but our first dive was where we saw everything we could think of! We saw cuttlefish, sea cucumbers, butterfly fish, a white tip shark, and of course Dory! It was the perfect first dive. We dove a total of 9 dives and 1 snorkel in three days. This basically means we’d wake up early in the morning, dive, have breakfast, dive, have lunch, dive, and then have dinner. Paradise!!
Our first four dives were accompanied with our instructor, Perry. We would descend to about 8-10 meters where we were tested on skills such as: a partially flooded mask that we had to clear out, removal of our air supply, and compass navigation. At the surface, we practiced emergency procedures like using our inflatable signal tube, snorkel to regulator exchange, and removal of our weight system. After passing the four dives, we received our 18 meter open dive certification and chose a buddy to dive with without the assistance of our instructor. My dive buddy was Natacha Oceane from London who I met during diving lessons! We bonded immediately and had such a fun time underwater. The dive locations we visited for the duration of our trip were Milln, Petaj; Flynn, Coral Garden; Flynn, Tennis Court; Flynn, Gordans; and Flynn, Little Tracy. My deepest dive was 17.3 meters for 49 minutes.
Diving was such an amazing and unique experience. I’ve never felt more peaceful then when I was floating through the water listening to my breath and the subtle sounds of the ocean. On the second night, we were able to do a guided night dive. We were all a bit nervous especially after our meeting on shark safety, but once we dove in my nerves disappeared. I really enjoyed the night dive. I felt completely safe with my group and diving at night was a whole new experience. We saw the predators come out to hunt and I thought it was fascinating watching the grouper fish trail behind us to eat the tiny fishes that came out to see us. We also got to see a giant sea turtle named Brian sleeping in his cave. I knew he was a big sea turtle but he was HUGE! He definitely could have been 8 feet across. ‘Twas a night to remember forever.
I got the chance to really bond with new people from around the world during moments I wasn’t in the water. My favorite moments were nights on the boat where everyone would sit on the top deck with a bottle of beer and chat away. We’d teach other new things from different cultures. I still keep in touch with a couple of people which I think is so cool! The boat was just the perfect size to host all of us. However, during moments where I wanted some quiet time, the front of the boat was the place to go. I loved watching the sunsets and feeling the warm summer breeze on my skin. I can’t stress enough how beautiful the skies are in Australia. Most of my money went into this trip but it was 100% worth it. Those three days on the boat learning how to dive and getting certified was an opportunity I never thought I would have or do. Looking back at this specific trip, I’m surprised that I even did this! Jessi, Adam, and Cody pushed me past my comfort zone and I got to do such amazing things!
Stay Curious. Discover. Create.
A very small list of things we saw:
- Sea cucumber
- Nemo/ Clownfish
- Butterfly fish
- White tip shark
- Black tip shark
- Giant Clam
- Orange dashed goby
- Clearfin Lizardfish
- Crocodile Longtom
- Queensland Grouper
- Bumphead Parrot fish
- Humbug Dascyllus
- Sea Turtle
- Steephead Parrotfish